Welcome to this week’s breakdown of the High School Sports Beat, brought to you by Alfred State College. Many thanks to Alfred State College for sponsoring the Sports Beat, and helping to bring weekly coverage of Section V High School Sports to broadcast on 13 WHAM.
Now, here’s your behind the scenes look at the production, from the producer and the shows many contributors. It’s Week 26 of the Sports Beat season, and winter is leaving…
We begin this week with a special flashback, to the Diakomihalis brothers of Hilton Wrestling. This year, Greg Diakomihalis became the first Section V wrestler to win five State Titles. His older brother Yianni, was a 4-time state champion, and could possibly have been a 5-time champ himself, if not for an injury in his senior season.
The story that follows is an expanded and re-mastered edition of a story from February 2016, entitled “Now There are Two” by Bill Pucko. It also incorporates part of a story on the Monroe County championships from December 2015.
13 WHAM’s Matt Trabold joins us for the Dunkin High School Notebook. Matt and Dave Yates talk some Section V sports, including the boys basketball game between Churchville-Chili and Irondequoit, where the Saints made a run at the Eagles – plus, a preview of ‘March Madness’ for two section V alums, Anthony Lamb and Jalen Pickett.
The Section V Spotlight is up next, highlighting some Section V stars, featuring a trio of wrestlers performing at States: Anthony Noto of HFL, Cooper Kropman of Penfield, and Andrew Englerth of Leroy.
We’re back in Webster for our top story this week, this time with the Webster Schroeder Girls Basketball squad. The Warriors improved this season, doubling their win total and coming close to winning some marquee match-ups.
How did the Warriors turn it around, especially with a young team, with just one senior? By hitting the books, and embracing analytics.
Here is an expanded ‘Director’s Cut’ of our story, by Paul Gotham…
And that’s a wrap on week 26 of Season 9! Be sure to check out the full episode– and tune in Every Saturday night on 13 WHAM after the late news, and on Sundays at Noon.
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We leave you this week, with an Insider weekly feature – looking back at some of our stories from the past 8 years. From December 20, 2014 – a look at the 2014 Monroe County Championships, featuring a battle between Fairport wrestling and Hilton. Features a great matchup between Yianni Diakomihalis and Parker Kropman – the older brother of this year’s State champ from Penfield, Cooper. Parker now competes for Drexel, while Yianni is at Cornell, but focused on the Pan-Am Games.